Skype Debian Squeeze x86_64

Officially, Skype is not supported on 64-bit Debian. In reality, it works perfectly.

If you try to install the official .deb package, dpkg will give you an error:

root@lambda:~# dpkg -i skype-debian_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb 
dpkg: error processing skype-debian_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb (--install):
 package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
Errors were encountered while processing:
 skype-debian_2.1.0.81-1_i386.deb

This package works fine if the architecture check is overridden.

wget http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-linux-deb 
root@lambda:~# dpkg -i --force-architecture getskype-linux-deb

:!: UPDATE :!:
Since this article was written, Skype have released a proper Debian x86_64 package.

2 thoughts on “Skype Debian Squeeze x86_64

  1. The Skype amd64 package is just the i386 package with changed architecture, try "file /usr/bin/skype".

    Knowing this I simply went with the force flag, no need to bother fooling the package manager and miss out on updates, not that I think we'll see too many of those after what recently happened ;)

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